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Manuscript Collection: Gurdon Saltonstall

Institution: Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive
Language of Material: English
Description: 1 item
Period covered: 1716
Collection summary derived from "Guidebook to Manuscripts", 1969: This interesting letter was written by Gurdon Saltonstall (1666-1724) to the "Hon. Society for propagating the Gospel among the Indians in America,” from the “Govr. and Council of the Colony of Connecticut in New England," giving an account of the Mohecan and Pequot Indians. The letter is dated May 31; 1716, Hartford.
Saltonstall was the grandson of Richard Saltonstall, (1610? - 1694) who came to America in 1630 and was one of the original settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts. Gurdon Saltonstall graduated at Harvard in 1684, was ordained a minister in 1691. He was influential in the chartering of Yale College and its removal from Saybrook to New Haven. He became governor of Connecticut in 1707 and held that office until his death in 1724. A descendant, Leverett, (1892- ) became governor and later a U.S. Senator from the State of Massachusetts.

Background: Staff, interns, and volunteers of the Thomas Gilcrease Library and Archive have contributed to the organization and maintenance of the files since the collection passed to the City of Tulsa in the 1950s. The Gilcrease Foundation acquired these materials before 1964 and is housed in the Helmerich Center for American Research (HCAR). The library currently receives most materials through community donation, board members, artists and the acquisition of manuscript collections.

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Arrangement Title Description Date
Gurdon Saltonstall, Folder 1 Letter from G. Saltonstall requesting a missionary be sent to instruct the Mohegans in the Christian religion

Letter sent by G. Saltonstall, on behalf of the Governor and Council of the Colony of Connecticut in New England, to the Society for Propagating the Gospel among the Indians in America. He requests that a missionary be sent to instruct the Mohegans, and the English living on lands granted by them, in the Christian religion. Typescript is available.
Folder 1

May 31, 1716